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Wolf in training in Star City, Russia. If you look towards the bottom right corner of the image, you'll see the neutral bouyancy tank (a really big pool!) Wolf is about to enter!
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Mir Spacewalk
News story originally written on January 15, 1998

Astronaut David Wolf started spacewalk training in 1991. His training paid off yesterday when he and Mir Commander Solovyev completed a four hour spacewalk outside of space station Mir.

The two men used a spectrometer to see how the outside layers of Mir (its skin) were holding up in the space environment. This spectrometer is a similar instrument to the one used by the Mars Pathfinder rover to probe rocks on Mars.

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